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Mac Gems: Startupizer takes control of login items

Startupizer supercharges OS X's Login Items list by letting you determine the order in which login items load, as well as configure conditions that determine whether each item loads.

Mac Gems: OneSafe gives 1Password some password-saving competition

There's no shortage of password managers for OS X, but Lunabee's OneSafe, like the popular 1Password, sets itself apart with a smart feature set and impressive usability.

Review: Hard as it tries, Chatology can't overcome Messages flakiness

Flexibits's newest Mac app is Chatology, which attempts to improve on searching your Messages logs. Unfortunately, the app seems to have contracted some of Messages's own flakiness.

Review: TextExpander Touch 2 a typing timesaver for iOS

This utility lets you use keyboard shortcuts to place frequently-used text snippets into your documents.

Mac Gems: Keyboard Maestro 6 is a genius at repetitive tasks

If you find yourself typing the same text strings over and over, navigating to the same file-locations, or running through the same menus, you need to try Keyboard Maestro.

Mac Gems: iStat Menus is a standout app for monitoring your Mac

Bjango's iStat Menus 4 does a better job than the competition when it comes to showing you what's going on inside your Mac.

Mac Gems: Highland is a minimalist, wonderful screenplay tool

Writing a script is fun. Formatting a script? Less so. Highland won't replace Final Draft for most professionals, but it's a wonderful supplemental tool for getting the most important part—the writing—on digital paper.

Mac Gems: Eye-Friendly is a handy resolution switcher for Retina MacBooks

Eye-Friendly's keyboard shortcuts and multiple-display support make it a nice resolution switcher for Retina MacBooks.

Mac Gems: Timebar turns your menu bar into your timer

Timebar's visual approach to timers repurposes your menu bar inoffensively.

Review: Make a visual display for your data with Status Board for iPad

If you need to display and update data on a regular basis with a minimum of difficulty, it's unlikely that you'll find anything better at handling that task than Status Board.

Mac Gems: The Unarchiver is a free, robust file-extraction utility

If you find OS X's built-in capabilities for unarchiving and uncompressing files to be too limited, you'll want to check out Dag Agren's free The Unarchiver.

Mac Gems: Lost Photos recovers forgotten images received via email

Lost Photos helps you find photos, received via email, that have gotten lost in your ever-growing archive of old messages.

Review: CleanMyMac 2 removes unnecessary files to free up storage space

Macpaw's catch-all utility offers scanning and cleanup of accumulated fluff—generally unused files and applications—on your Mac.